Coronation reward for former head

150513 Linlithgow gala day crowner Anne Corr.
150513 Linlithgow gala day crowner Anne Corr.

LINLITHGOW and Linlithgow Bridge Gala Day is only weeks away and a crowner has been chosen for the special occasion.

Anne Corr, headmistress at Linlithgow Bridge Primary from 2002 to 2012, is absolutely delighted to take on the role, especially as it is exactly 60 years since her grandmother had the same privilege.

Anne (61) said: “This is a terrific honour. This year it will be 60 years since my grandmother, Mary Morrison, crowned the Queen, and 34 years ago, my mother Lily Morrison did it. It’s lovely to follow in their footsteps.”

Anne of West Port Place has lived locally all her life, but amazingly she has never made it on to the gala day stage.

She added: “I was never in the gala day as a child, so this will be my first time on the stage - I have waited a long time for this!

‘‘It would be lovely to be in the Peel but St Michael’s Church is also a beautiful 
setting. It will be a special day for all the children.”

On the day, Saturday, June 22, Anne will crown Queen Elect Ruby Hudson, before saying a few words.

She said: “The gala day committee is setting up a meeting with Ruby and I’ll be going to the rehearsals. The committee put so much work into this, so you want it to go well for them.”

Anne, who has been enjoying retirement since last August, with husband Raymond, and grandchildren Jessica (4) and Gregor (seven and a half months), added: “It will be a nice family day. My dad is so pleased as well, as his wife and mother had the same privilege and pleasure.”

For details of the gala day retinue, see the District News pages.